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Using Deadly Drugs to Make Seniors Easy to Care For

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There are places where people are drugged out of their minds with antipsychotics, places where they’re unable to talk or even think — essentially put into “chemical restraints” so that they’re easier to handle.

You might think that I’m talking about psych wards or detention centers in Third-World countries, but I’m not. These horrific “treatments” are being given to thousands of seniors all over the U.S. every single day.

Six years ago, a federal program went into effect that was supposed to stop this form of abuse — giving risky heavy-duty meds to nursing home patients. But guess what? Very little has changed.

A new study has confirmed that not only are these facilities still drugging patients into submission… but the feds are acting as if they’ve also been sedated when it comes to enforcing laws to protect vulnerable seniors.

We’re up against a system of negligence and greed that appears to have no boundaries. Experts say that along with employees keeping patients drugged up (which makes it easier to keep these facilities short-staffed), Big Pharma has played a part by aggressively marketing dangerous antipsychotic meds to nursing homes.

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Walter, an 81-year-old resident of a nursing facility in Texas, can clearly tell you what’s being done to him — once the drugs wear off, that is.

While he’s under the influence of these meds, however, he says that he can’t think straight or even talk.

But Walter’s case isn’t particularly unusual. A new study done by the group Human Rights Watch (HRW) found that during any week in the U.S., around 180,000 people in nursing facilities are given antipsychotic drugs to keep them sedated.

And that’s without permission from the patient or a family member.

Now, you might think that consent is required before risky meds such as Risperdal, Seroquel, or Abilify (a dangerous antipsychotic that’s unbelievably advertised on television using cartoons) are dispensed. And you’d be right.

Laws requiring that, however, don’t appear to be doing much at all to stop the problem. In fact, a recent study done by NPR found that when nursing homes flagrantly ignore such rules and regulations, government officials rarely fine them.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency responsible for enforcing these regulations, can levy penalties ranging from a “plan of correction” to monetary fines and even booting nursing homes out of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. But as that NPR study found, a mere 2 percent of nursing homes that continue to overmedicate residents are even at risk of being fined.

It sure seems like the owners of these facilities are being treated with a whole lot more respect than they show the residents!

And that’s especially tragic because those kinds of meds can be deadly for anyone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Abilify, for example, has a big black-box warning saying that older patients with dementia are at “an increased risk of death” from using it.

This form of drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions — and regulators sure aren’t stepping in to stop it!

But don’t think that only nursing home residents are at risk. This problem has gone way beyond that and into places you might never suspect, such as residential and rehab facilities.

For example, the HRW report cites the story of Ruth, a 62-year-old patient who was sent for rehab after suffering a minor stroke. Soon afterward — and without her consent — she was being given an antipsychotic drug that was crushed and hidden in her apple sauce.

“It knocks you out…I sleep all the time,” she said, adding that she fears it’s going to kill her. (After being interviewed for that report, Ruth was released and sent home the next day.)

So, what can you do? Certainly, you can’t be with a loved one in a nursing home every minute to monitor their care.

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Just another case of the government selling seniors out.

The government would prefer seniors to go off and die.

The solution.

Family members have to watch out for older family seniors.

Citizens need to be active in government.

But citizens are too stupid and/or selfish to become involved in government.

Do not get old as no one will care about you.

 

 

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Medicare Needs Drastic Improvement

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There is only one thing good about medicare; it is better than nothing.

The big three must improvements:

—  too expensive, especially for low income individuals

—  lack of coverage, no dental or eye care

—  low quality care, quality doctors do not accept medicare

There is also needs to be

—  preventive care coverage including supplements

—  provisions for alternative and experimental treatments

Money over quality of life is unacceptable.

Let alone over life itself.

Medicare coverage could easily be increased while saving billions of dollars.

It is so easy.

Then, what is the problem?

As usual, incompetent and/or corrupt politicians.

Unless seniors take action, nothing will change.

Stop voting for the same clowns; any Democrat or Republican candidate.

See NEW POLITICAL PARTY at https://newpoliticalparty.wordpress.com/

There are other actions seniors can take to improve medicare.

But seniors would rather sit around whining while waiting to die.

Their life, their choice.

 

 

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December 21, 2017 at 3:22 pm

ROBBERY — 2% COLA

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That will be the Social Security COLA adjustment for 2018.

People on Social Security will see only a 2% increase in their benefits.

Less any change in their Medicare premiums.

Seniors continue to be cheated.

Prices for everything seniors purchase rose more tan 2% during 2017; a lot more.

The Social Security Trust Fund is bankrupt; out of money.

It has been for decades.

Government is cheating seniors instead of fixing the problem.

The Social Security System has not worked for decades.

It is a structural problem; minor tweaks will not fix it.

The Social Security System needs a complete overhaul.

It is easy to do; and no senior need to suffer a reduction benefits.

So why has it not been fixed?

Simple.

Politicians are incompetent and/or corrupt.

So seniors suffer.

But what is really stupid and sad?

Senior do absolutely nothing to help themselves.

They continue to vote for the same corrupt and/or incompetent politicians.

Their live and their choice.

Help is available.

But seniors will have to quit being do nothings and work for a better life.

 

 

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October 19, 2017 at 3:29 am

Medicare — No Dental Coverage

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Medicare does not provide dental care.

Dental care is a very important part of health care.

Tooth and gum disease lead to other medical conditions; some quite serious.

It also reduces one’s quality of life.

Just ask any senior.

All medical coverage should include full dental care.

Good dental health improves over all health.

The only reason not to include dental coverage as part of health insurance is to save money at the cost of people’s health.

But it does not really save any money.

Poor dental health leads to other more costly health conditions.

Unless health insurance organizations(including the government) strategy is for people to die from these serious health conditions.

Everybody deserves dental care coverage, especially seniors.

It is inhumane not to include dental coverage in all health care coverage.

 

 

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March 19, 2017 at 11:36 pm

Seniors Cheated Once Again

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This year’s Social Security cost of living increase was a measly .3%.

The Bureau of Labor says inflation is at 2.5%.

Every year, seniors’ payment for medicare increases.

And finally, the real rate of inflation is closer to 10%.

Is it incompetence or corruption?

Either way, seniors are being forced into poverty and a slow death.

And they just accept it.

Stupid.

Seniors may whine but do nothing constructive.

If seniors will not take action, why should anyone else care?

 

 

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March 5, 2017 at 9:40 pm

Doctors Dropping Medicare Patients

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Many doctors have stopped accepting medicare.

Their medicare patients will have to find a new doctor.

The reasons:

—  excessive regulations

—  low reimbursements

If the trend continues, most doctors will stop accepting medicare.

Especially, the best doctors.

Just another factor causing the decline of health care quality.

 

 

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January 16, 2017 at 10:59 pm

Seniors Are Vulnerable to Prolonged Lead Exposure

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You probably have heard about the lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan.

And it is not just in the drinking water in the Midwest.

According to the CDC, communities across the country actually have even higher rates of lead poisoning than Flint. And that is just what we know of, because many states do not even submit data to the federal government.

Over your lifetime, you could have been exposed to it from your own antique toys…or the toys and toy jewelry that your kids and grandkids play with (if they’re manufactured in other countries, especially China).

Also from your own car’s gasoline, lead paint, lead pipes, and even lead in its dust. And the older you are, the longer you have been exposed — and the more severe the risk.

When it comes to toxic metals, the question is not whether you have these metals in your body. The question is: How much?

Lower levels of lead can reduce your cognitive function, impair your hearing, and even change your behavior — all of which could be mistaken for signs of “getting older” instead of a serious health problem. If left unchecked, high levels in the blood can cause coma, convulsions, and even death.

The best test for the presence of heavy metals is a chelation test. If you do have heavy metal toxicity, chelation therapy — an intravenous process that binds to the metals in your body and flushes them out — will help greatly.

And if all these headlines about Flint have got you worried about your own drinking water, install a filter that is certified to remove lead. A good reverse-osmosis filter installed where the water enters your home (called “point of entry”) or at the tap (“point of use”) will clear out not only dangerous levels of lead, but also lots of other toxins and chemicals, like chlorine.

Once again, the government did not protect you from a major health hazard.

 

 

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Written by solutions777

February 19, 2016 at 3:03 am

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